SOLD OUT | Adult Learning | Portrait Painting (Weekend Workshop)

 —  10.30am-4pm

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In this all-intensive weekend workshop, you will encounter techniques, insights, and learn life-long painting skills! Each day includes a 45-minute break for lunch and runs from 10:30am–4pm Saturday and Sunday.

About the course

Discover and develop your portrait-painting skills in this weekend workshop at Auckland Art Gallery. Join us on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June to immerse yourself in art, meet new people and uncover the extraordinary possibilities of oil paint in depicting the human form.

What you will learn

Students will be introduced to oil painting techniques to enhance their understanding of contemporary and traditional approaches to portrait painting and drawing. Students will focus on producing one long-pose portrait painting, beginning with contour drawing an developing skills in creating volume and chiaroscuro (depth of light and shade) before progressing to alla prima (wet-on-wet) painting.

Students will get an exclusive, guided tour of the Mackelvie Gallery with a curator, looking at Henry Raeburn’s portrait Master James Hay, 1790–96 and Willian Beechey’s Miss Windham, 1828 to gain a greater understanding of the techniques used by traditional portrait artists.

About your tutor

Zarahn Tūwharetoa Southon (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Pukenga, Whakatōhea) is an Auckland-based painter of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Samoan and mixed European Jewish descent. On completion of a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1998, Southon had several solo shows and in 2005 was awarded a Contemporary Pacific Art Scholarship, which funded a trip to study in Florence, Italy. In 2007 he was awarded a scholarship from the classical art school Studio Escalier in the Loire Valley, France. On completion, he furthered his studies with senior lecturer at Studio Escalier and pioneer of restructured Realism, Ted Seth Jacobs, in San Francisco. These periods of study in Italy, France and America were highly influential on Southon’s current practice. Described by an art critic as New Zealand’s own Lucian Freud, Southon’s artworks explore allegorical themes, portraiture and still life. He has exhibited regularly at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington. Public institutions holding Southon’s works include the Auckland City Council and the Wallace Trust Collection at the Pah Homestead in Auckland.

Southon is currently the Te Kotahitanga delegate for his hapū of Ngāti Kurauia at Tokaanu marae, Turangi. He holds a diploma in te reo Māori and is currently finishing a degree in te reo Māori at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Image credit: Zarahn Tūwharetoa Southon Enuake, oil on linen, 2017.

General $300, Members $270 (+ booking fee)